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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

General

This section provides reference details and - where available - links and abstracts for recent general publications associated with the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. References include journal articles, reports, theses, and other literature.

To access our complete database please use our bibliography.

 

2014

Anderson W (2014)

Hermannsburg, 1929: turning Aboriginal “primitives” into modern psychological subjects.

Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences; 50(2): 127–147

Ashton M, Rigby A, Galletly C (2014)

Do population-wide tobacco control approaches help smokers with mental illness?.

Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry; 48(2): 121 - 123

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet (2014)

Overview of Australian Indigenous health status, 2013.

Perth, WA: Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

This report provides recent information on:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations
  • the context of Indigenous health
  • various measures of population health status
  • selected health conditions
  • health risk and protective factors.

This Overview draws on statistics and other published and unpublished materials to provide up-to-date, detailed information about the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in 2013. It highlights a number of improvements in certain aspects of Indigenous health, but underlines that ongoing work is needed to 'close the gap' in health status between Indigenous and other Australians.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Bailie RS, Stevens M, McDonald EL (2014)

Impact of housing improvement and the socio-physical environment on the mental health of children's carers: a cohort study in Australian Aboriginal communities.

BMC Public Health; 14: 472

Retrieved 19 May 2014 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2458-14-472

Bennett ST, Babbage D (2014)

Cultural adaptation of CBT for Aboriginal Australians.

Australian Psychologist; 49(1): 19 - 21

Bennett-Levy J, Wilson S, Nelson J, Stirling J, Ryan K, Rotumah D, Budden W, Beale D (2014)

Can CBT be effective for Aboriginal Australians? Perspectives of Aboriginal practitioners trained in CBT.

Australian Psychologist; 49(1): 1 - 7

Bertossa S, Harvey P, Smith D, Chong A (2014)

A preliminary adaptation of the Problem Gambling Severity Index for Indigenous Australians: internal reliability and construct validity.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health; 38(4): 349-354

Biddle N (2014)

Measuring and analysing the wellbeing of Australia’s Indigenous population.

Social Indicators Research; 116(3): 713-729

Bowen A, Duncan V, Peacock S, Bowen R, Schwartz L, Campbell D, Muhajarine N (2014)

Mood and anxiety problems in perinatal Indigenous women in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and the United States: a critical review of the literature.

Transcultural Psychiatry; 51(1): 93-111

Brinkman SA, Gregory TA, Goldfeld S, Lynch JW, Hardy M (2014)

Data resource profile: the Australian Early Development Index (AEDI).

International Journal of Epidemiology; 43(4): 1089-1096

Cameron S, Robinson K (2014)

The experiences of Indigenous Australian psychologists at university.

Australian Psychologist; 49(1): 54–62

Chalmers KJ, Bond KS, Jorm AF, Kelly CM, Kitchener BA, Williams-Tchen A (2014)

Providing culturally appropriate mental health first aid to an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander adolescent: development of expert consensus guidelines.

International Journal of Mental Health Systems; 8(http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1752-4458-8-6): 6

Retrieved 28 January 2014 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1752-4458-8-6

Creed TA (2014)

Training Aboriginal practitioners in cognitive behavioural therapy.

Australian Psychologist; 49(1): 14 - 16

Dingwall KM, Lindeman MA, Cairney S (2014)

“You’ve got to make it relevant”: barriers and ways forward for assessing cognition in Aboriginal clients.

BMC Psychology; 2(1): 13

Retrieved June 2014 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/2050-7283-2-13

Dudgeon P, Hirvonen T (2014)

Dark chapters in Australian history: adopted children from the Stolen Generations.

InPsych; August 2014:

Dudgeon P, Kelly K (2014)

Contextual factors for research on psychological therapies for Aboriginal Australians.

Australian Psychologist; 49(1): 8 - 13

Edwards B, Gray M, Hunter B (2014)

The impact of drought on mental health in rural and regional Australia.

Social Indicators Research; online first(http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11205-014-0638-2):

Forrest A (2014)

The Forrest review: creating parity.

Canberra: Indigenous Jobs and Training Review

Fromene R, Guerin B, Krieg A (2014)

Australian Indigenous clients with a borderline personality disorder diagnosis: a contextual review of the literature.

The Psychological Record; 64(3): 559-567

Goldfeld S, Kvalsvig A, Incledon E, O'Connor M (2014)

Predictors of mental health competence in a population cohort of Australian children.

Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health; 68(5): 431-437

Green D, Minchin L (2014)

Living on climate-changed country: Indigenous health, well-being and climate change in remote Australian communities.

EcoHealth; 11(2): 263-272

Happell B, Staton R, Hoey W, Scott D (2014)

Cardiometabolic health nursing to improve health and primary care access in community mental health consumers: baseline physical health outcomes from a randomised controlled trial.

Issues in Mental Health Nursing; 35(2): 114-121

Hodgetts D, Stolte O, Groot S (2014)

Towards a relationally and action-orientated social psychology of homelessness.

Social and Personality Psychology Compass; 8(4): 156-164

Hosie A, Vogl G, Hoddinott J, Carden J, Comeau Y (2014)

Crossroads: rethinking the Australian mental health system.

Sydney: Inspire Foundation

Isaacs A, Lampitt B (2014)

The Koorie Men's Health Day: an innovative model for early detection of mental illness among rural Aboriginal men.

Australasian Psychiatry; 22(1): 56-61

Jongen C, McCalman J, Bainbridge R, Tsey K (2014)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander maternal and child health and wellbeing: a systematic search of programs and services in Australian primary health care settings.

BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth; 14: 251

Retrieved 30 July 2014 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2393-14-251

Kelaher M, Dunt D, Berman N, Curry S, Joubert L, Johnson V (2014)

Evaluating the health impacts of participation in Australian community arts groups.

Health Promotion International; 29(3): 392-402

Lee KSK, Harrison K, Mills K, Conigrave KM (2014)

Needs of Aboriginal Australian women with comorbid mental and alcohol and other drug use disorders.

Drug and Alcohol Review; 33(5): 473–481

Marmion D, Obata K, Troy J (2014)

Community, identity, wellbeing : the report of the second national Indigenous languages survey.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies

McCalman J, Bridge F, Whiteside M, Bainbridge R, Tsey K, Jongen C (2014)

Responding to Indigenous Australian sexual assault: a systematic review of the literature.

Sage Open; 4

Retrieved 14 January 2014 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/2158244013518931

McDermott B, Cobham V, Berry H, Kim B (2014)

Correlates of persisting posttraumatic symptoms in children and adolescents 18 months after a cyclone disaster.

Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry; 48(1): 80 - 86

Meuleners LB, Fraser ML (2014)

Gender differences in recurrent mental health contact after a hospitalization for interpersonal violence: Western Australia, 1997 to 2008.

Journal of Interpersonal Violence; Online first(http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0886260514534779):

Mishra G, Loxton D, Anderson A, Hockey R, Powers J, Brown W, Dobson A, Duffy L, Graves A, Harris M, Harris S, Lucke J, McLaughlin D, Mooney R, Pachana N, Pease S, Tavener M, Thomson C, Tooth L, Townsend N, Tuckerman R, Byles J (2014)

Health and wellbeing of women aged 18 to 23 in 2013 and 1996: findings from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health.

Brisbane: Women's Health Australia

Nelson J, Ryan K, Rotumah D, Bennett-Levy J, Budden W, Wilson S, Beale D (2014)

Aboriginal practitioners offer culturally safe and responsive CBT: response to commentaries.

Australian Psychologist; 49(1): 22 - 27

Petch J, Murray J, Bickerdike A, Lewis P (2014)

Psychological distress in Australian clients seeking family and relationship counselling and mediation services.

Australian Psychologist; 49(1): 28 - 36

Phillips M (2014)

Seasons for healing - supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults through grief and loss.

Grief Matters; 17(1): 22

Prowse PT, Nagel T (2014)

Developing an instrument for assessing fidelity of motivational care planning: the Aboriginal and Islander mental health initiative adherence scale.

International Journal of Mental Health Systems; 8: 36

Retrieved 28 August 2014 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1752-4458-8-36

Public Health Advocacy Institute of WA (2014)

The West Australian Indigenous storybook : celebrating and sharing good news stories: the Kimberley edition.

Perth, WA: Public Health Advocacy Institute of WA

This is the fifth edition of the West Australian Indigenous storybook, showcasing the achievements of Indigenous communities and people across Western Australia (WA). These stories are from the Kimberley region of WA. This edition features stories that describe eco-tourism and cultural tours, media facilities, environmental stewardship, healthy communities and social programs. The storybook aims to:

  • Provide skills to Indigenous professionals across WA through the facilitation of writing workshops and by providing the opportunity to match Indigenous storytellers with local mentors who can provide further guidance in writing individual stories.
  • Embrace a holistic view of health. Stories are drawn from the health sector but also from many sectors outside of health - such as education, employment, housing, environment, transport, animal management, sport and recreation, alcohol and drugs and many others.
  • Showcase community based programs that could be replicated in other communities to improve or influence the many social determinants of health. Many stories highlight that local solutions are often the most effective.

The book features 14 stories, all of which focus on individuals or programs. They outline how these people and projects are making a difference to the quality of life and wellbeing of people in Indigenous communities.

Abstract adapted from Public Health Advocacy Institute of Western Australia

Qi X, Hu W, Mengersen K, Tong S (2014)

Socio-environmental drivers and suicide in Australia: bayesian spatial analysis.

BMC Public Health; 14: 681

Retrieved 4 July 2014 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2458-14-681

Raman S, Sahu S (2014)

Health, developmental and support needs of vulnerable children - comparing children in foster care and children in need.

Child Abuse Review; early view(http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/car.2305):

Rickwood DJ, Telford NR, Parker AG, Tanti CJ, McGorry PG (2014)

Headspace - Australia’s innovation in youth mental health: who are the clients and why are they presenting?.

Medical Journal of Australia; 200(2): 108-111

Sanson-Fisher RW, D’Este CA, Carey ML, Noble N, Paul CL (2014)

Evaluation of systems-oriented public health interventions: alternative research designs.

Annual Review of Public Health; 35: 9-27

Southcombe A, Cavanagh J, Bartram T (2014)

Capacity building in Indigenous men's groups and sheds across Australia.

Health Promotion International; Advance Access(http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/heapro/dat092 ):

Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision (2014)

Report on government services 2014: Indigenous compendium.

Canberra: Productivity Commission

The Indigenous compendium is a compilation of data for Indigenous people. The 2014 report highlights key information about the provision of mainstream services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. The report contains information on the following:

  • public hospital procedures reported by Indigenous status
  • Australian government public and community health expenditure on Indigenous primary healthcare services
  • school education
  • child protection services
  • vocational educations and training
  • police services
  • corrective services
  • mental health management
  • aged care services
  • disability services
  • youth justice services
  • housing
  • homelessness services.

This 12th edition of the compendium reflects several improvements in reporting by Indigenous status, including Indigenous students' science literacy outcomes and separations from selected hospital procedures for Indigenous people.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Stevens M, Paradies Y (2014)

Changes in exposure to 'life stressors' in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population, 2002 to 2008.

BMC Public Health; 14: 144

Retrieved 11 February 2014 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2458-14-144

Trofimovs J, Dowse L (2014)

Mental health at the intersections: the impact of complex needs on police contact and custody for Indigenous Australian men.

International Journal of Law and Psychiatry; 37(4): 390–398

VACCHO Aboriginal Early Years Sub-Committee (2014)

Aboriginal early years health : VACCHO Scoping Project report : zero to eight years of age.

Melbourne: Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation

Vella VE, Deane FP, Kelly PJ (2014)

Comorbidity in detoxification: symptom interaction and treatment intentions.

Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment; in press(http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jsat.2014.07.016):

Yelland J, Brown SJ (2014)

Asking women about mental health and social adversity in pregnancy: results of an Australian population-based survey.

Birth; 41(1): 79-87

2013

Hampton R, Toombs M, eds. (2013)

Indigenous Australians and health: the wombat in the room.

Melbourne: Oxford University Press

Indigenous Australians and health: the wombat in the room seeks to raise awareness of the culturally appropriate way for working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians in urban and remote areas. The book outlines the central components that influence good health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It aims to provide an understanding of health from the Indigenous perspective while also examining the historical connections of health and the impact of colonisation; past and present.

The book features:

  • fact boxes that help to dismiss any predetermined notions
  • case examples, placement experiences, and personal stories that show actual experiences from the field
  • insights into how health practitioners can influence healthier outcomes
  • questions to encourage students to reflect on their learning.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Askew DA, Schluter PJ, Spurling GKP, Bond CJR, Brown ADH (2013)

Urban Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children's exposure to stressful events: a cross-sectional study.

Medical Journal of Australia; 199(1): 42-45

Atkinson J (2013)

Trauma-informed services and trauma-specific care for Indigenous Australian children.

Canberra: Closing the Gap Clearinghouse

This report provides comprehensive information on trauma in Indigenous Australian children. It examines the effects of trauma while also providing an overview of recent government initiatives implemented to address the negative consequences of trauma exposure in childhood and adulthood. The report also describes the delivery of trauma-informed services and trauma-specific care. Complementing the information in this report is the inclusion of an appendices containing lists of relevant publications and resources.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Australian Bureau of Statistics (2013)

Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health survey: first results, Australia, 2012-13.

Canberra: Australian Bureau of Statistics

This summary of the first findings from the 2012-13 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health survey provides information on long-term health conditions, health risk factors, selected social and emotional wellbeing indicators, health measurements, and health related actions for Indigenous Australian peoples. Information is included on Indigenous peoples living in remote and non-remote areas.

Abstract adapted from Australian Bureau of Statistics

Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing (2013)

National mental health report 2013: tracking progress of mental health reform in Australia 1993–2011.

Canberra: Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet (2013)

Overview of the health of Indigenous people in Western Australia 2013.

Retrieved 2013 from http://www.healthinfonet.ecu.edu.au/uploads/docs/wa-overview-2013.pdf

This report provides comprehensive information specific to Western Australia (WA) on:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations
  • the context of Indigenous health
  • various measures of population health status
  • selected health conditions
  • health risk and protective factors.

This WA Overview draws on statistics and other published and unpublished materials to provide up-to-date, detailed information about the health of Indigenous people in WA in 2013. It highlights a number of improvements in certain aspects of Indigenous health, but underlines that ongoing work is needed to 'close the gap' in health status between Indigenous and other Australians.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet (2013)

Summary of Australian Indigenous health, 2012.

Perth, WA: Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

Australian Institute of Family Studies (2013)

The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children annual statistical report 2012.

Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2013)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2012 report: Australian Capital Territory.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This publication reports on indicators relevant to health status and health outcomes, determinants of health, and health systems performance for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in the Australian Capital Territory. The report is based on the national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2012: detailed analyses report. Jurisdiction-specific and national comparisons are presented.

Improvements have been seen in health assessments for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 55 and over, allied health-care service claims, immunisation coverage for children, literacy levels (years three and five), and retention rates for high school students.

Areas of concern include pregnancy and smoking, alcohol consumption for ages 18 years and over, levels of disability, and breast cancer screening for women.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2013)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2012 report: New South Wales.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2013)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2012 report: Queensland.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2013)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2012 report: South Australia.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2013)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2012 report: Victoria.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2013)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2012 report: Western Australia.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2013)

Thematic list of projects using linked data relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Bainbridge R, Tsey K, Andrews R, McCalman J, Brown C (2013)

Managing top-down change with bottom-up leadership: developing a social and emotional wellbeing action framework with a discrete Aboriginal community.

Journal of Australian Indigenous Issues; 16(2): 2-20

Baldry E, Clarence M, Dowse L, Trollor J (2013)

Reducing vulnerability to harm in adults with cognitive disabilities in the Australian criminal justice system.

Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities; 10(3): 222-229

Baxter J (2013)

The family circumstances and wellbeing of Indigenous and non-Indigenous children.

In: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children annual statistical report 2012. Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies: 149-171

beyondblue (2013)

National mental health survey of doctors and medical students.

Melbourne: beyondblue

Brennan T, Charles A, Butorac A, Cox A, Dudgeon P, Swift S (2013)

The National Empowerment Project Mildura.

Canberra: Commonwealth of Australia

Browne-Yung K, Ziersch A, Baum F, Gallaher G (2013)

Aboriginal Australians' experience of social capital and its relevance to health and wellbeing in urban settings.

Social Science & Medicine; 97: 20–28

Cashmore J, Shackel R (2013)

The long-term effects of child sexual abuse.

Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies

Closing the Gap Clearinghouse (2013)

Strategies and practices for promoting the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Canberra: Closing the Gap Clearinghouse

This paper provides information on programs developed to promote social and emotional wellbeing and prevent mental illness among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia. The paper identifies national initiatives, Indigenous specific programs, and non-Indigenous specific programs and reports on the efficacy of these programs in enhancing the mental health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. A summary of the findings is also provided highlighting the elements of effective and ineffective SEWB programs, and the areas that require further investigation.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Council of Australian Governments (2013)

Disability 2011-12: comparing performance across Australia: report to the Council of Australian Goverments.

Sydney: Council of Australian Governments

Cruwys T, Berry H, Cassells R, Duncan A, O’Brien L, Sage B, D’Souza G (2013)

Marginalised Australians: characteristics and predictors of exit over ten years 2001-10.

Canberra: University of Canberra

Day A, Francisco A (2013)

Social and emotional wellbeing in Indigenous Australians: identifying promising interventions.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health; 37(4): 350-355

Department of Family Housing Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (2013)

Helping the most vulnerable: 2012.13 annual report.

Canberra: Department of Family, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

Dingwall KM, Pinkerton J, Lindeman MA (2013)

"People like numbers": a descriptive study of cognitive assessment methods in clinical practice for Aboriginal Australians in the Northern Territory.

BMC Psychiatry; 13: 42

Retrieved 31 January 2013 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-244X-13-42

Duffin W, Riley B, Grogan G, Butorac A, Cox A, Dudgeon P, Swift S (2013)

The National Empowerment Project Kuranda.

Canberra: Commonwealth of Australia

Fels A (2013)

The Winston Rickards memorial oration. Child and adolescent mental health.

Melbourne: National Mental Health Commission

Ferdinand A, Paradies Y, Kelaher M (2013)

Mental health impacts of racial discrimination in Victorian Aboriginal communities: the Localities Embracing and Accepting Diversity (LEAD) experiences of racism survey.

Melbourne: Lowitja Institute

Footprints in Time (2013)

Footprints in Time: the longitudinal study of Indigenous children: report from Wave 4.

Canberra: Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

This report is the fourth in a series of reports produced for each wave of the data collection from a longitudinal study following the development of a group of Indigenous children and examining the factors contributing to their individual and collective outcomes.

Beginning in 2008, the study aims to provide quantitative and qualitative data that can be used to improve the understanding of, and policy response to, the diverse circumstances faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, their families and communities.

The range of topics covered in this report includes:

  • learning and school
  • nutrition and exercise
  • health conditions
  • emotional development
  • family life
  • culture and community
  • socioeconomic disadvantage and children's outcomes
  • breastfeeding
  • social and emotional wellbeing
  • housing conditions
  • body mass index of children.

Wave 4 features new questions about children's educational and recreational activities and the use of computers and the internet.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Gillies C (2013)

Establishing the United Nations' Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as the minimum standard for all forensic practice with Australian Indigenous peoples.

Australian Psychologist; 48(1): 14-27

Hams K, Murray B, Butorac A, Cox A, Dudgeon P, Swift S (2013)

The National Empowerment Project Cherbourg.

Canberra: Commonwealth of Australia

Haswell MR, Wheeler T, Wargent R, Brownlie A, Tulip F, Baird M, Gardiner L, Pulver LJ (2013)

Validation and enhancement of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander psychiatric hospitalisation statistics through an Indigenous Mental Health Worker register.

Rural and Remote Health; 12: 2002

Retrieved 4 February 2013 from http://www.rrh.org.au/articles/showarticlenew.asp?ArticleID=2002

This study examined the use of an Indigenous Mental Health Worker Register to assess the level of correct identification of Indigenous status and sources of error among psychiatric admissions within a regional public hospital information system. Inaccuracy in identification of Indigenous status on health records hampers collection of the good quality data required to guide policies, programs and services.

Abstract adapted from Rural and Remote Health

Hogan E, Rennie E, Crouch A, Wright A, Gregory R, Thomas J (2013)

Submission to the inquiry into issues surrounding cyber-safety for Indigenous Australians.

Brisbane: ARC Centre of Excellence in Creative Industries and Innovation

Holland C, Dudgeon P, Milroy H (2013)

The mental health and social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, families and communities.

Canberra: National Mental Health Commission

This comprehensive paper provides great insight into the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It builds on the information contained in A contributing life: the 2012 national report on mental health and suicide prevention by exploring more broadly the story of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the multitude of factors that impact on the mental health and wellbeing of this population. The paper is presented in three parts, with Part 1 providing an overview of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' mental health and social and emotional wellbeing. Part 2 reports on the unmet need for social and emotional wellbeing and mental health services and programs, and Part 3 focuses on national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and mental health policy.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Hunter E, Milroy H (2013)

Voices across the fence: commonality, difference and respectful practice across a half century of change.

Australasian Psychiatry; 21(4): 305-310

Ingram D, Taylor N, Butorac A, Cox A, Dudgeon P, Swift S (2013)

The National Empowerment Project Redfern, Sydney.

Canberra: Commonwealth of Australia

Isaacs AN, Maybery D, Gruis H (2013)

Help seeking by Aboriginal men who are mentally unwell: a pilot study.

Early Intervention in Psychiatry; 7(4): 407–413

Kasat P (2013)

Community arts and cultural development: a powerful tool for social transformation.

Masters by Research thesis, Murdoch University: Perth

Katz I, Raven M, Griffiths A, Gorring B, Kinnane S (2013)

Development of a renewed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social and emotional wellbeing framework - discussion paper.

Sydney: Social Policy Research Centre

Kingsley J, Townsend M, Henderson-Wilson C, Bolam B (2013)

Developing an exploratory framework linking Australian Aboriginal peoples' connection to country and concepts of wellbeing.

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health; 10(2): 678-698

Mental Health Bill 2013 (2013)

Legislative Assembly of Western Australia

Lorig K, Ritter PL, Plant K, Laurent DD, Kelly P, Rowe S (2013)

The South Australia health chronic disease self-management Internet trial.

Health Education and Behavior; 40(1): 67-77

MacRae A, Thomson N, Anomie, Burns J, Catto M, Gray C, Levitan L, McLoughlin N, Potter C, Ride K, Stumpers S, Trzesinski A, Urquhart B (2013)

Overview of Australian Indigenous health status, 2012.

Perth, WA: Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

This report provides recent information on:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations
  • the context of Indigenous health
  • various measures of population health status
  • selected health conditions
  • health risk and protective factors.

This Overview draws on statistics and other published and unpublished materials to provide up-to-date, detailed information about the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in 2012. It highlights a number of improvements in certain aspects of Indigenous health, but underlines that ongoing work is needed to 'close the gap' in health status between Indigenous and other Australians.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Makregiorgos H, Joubert L, Epstein I (2013)

Maternal mental health: pathways of care for women experiencing mental health issues during pregnancy.

Social Work in Health Care; 52(2-3): 258-279

McCalman JR (2013)

The transfer and implementation of an Aboriginal Australian wellbeing program: a grounded theory study.

Implementation Science; 8: 129

Retrieved 31 October 2013 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1748-5908-8-129

McDonald J, Haswell M (2013)

Indigenous men's groups and social and emotional well-being: an Indigenous doctor's perspective.

Australasian Psychiatry; 21(5): 490-493

McGrady G, Peckham M, Grogan G, Butorac A, Cox A, Dudgeon P, Swift S (2013)

The National Empowerment Project Toomelah.

Canberra: Commonwealth of Australia

McGuire V, Boladeras J, Collard L, Bracknell C, Butorac A, Cox A, Dudgeon P, Swift S (2013)

The National Empowerment Project Narrogin.

Canberra: Commonwealth of Australia

Mental Health and Drug & Alcohol Office (2013)

NSW service plan for people with eating disorders: 2013-2018.

Sydney: NSW Health

Merritt S, Turner LM (2013)

Creating better research spaces for narratives around male family relationships and identity: guidance from rural Australian men.

Rural and Remote Health; 13: 2462

Retrieved 5 November 2013 from http://www.rrh.org.au/articles/showarticlenew.asp?ArticleID=2462

Miller-Lewis LR, Searle AK, Sawyer MG, Baghurst PA, Hedley D (2013)

Resource factors for mental health resilience in early childhood: An analysis with multiple methodologies.

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health; 7: 6

Retrieved 22 February 2013 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1753-2000-7-6

Milroy HM (2013)

Beyond cultural security; towards sanctuary.

Medical Journal of Australia; 199(1): 14

Minas H, Kakuma R, San Too L, Vayani H, Orapeleng S, Prasad-Ildes R, Turner G, Procter N, Oehm D (2013)

Mental health research and evaluation in multicultural Australia: developing a culture of inclusion.

International Journal of Mental Health Systems; 7: 23

Retrieved from

Nathan P (2013)

The intervention: mere arltyewele (settle down country) – bear the gap to close the gap.

International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies; 10(1): 6–36

National Mental Health Commission (2013)

A contributing life: the 2013 national report card on mental health and suicide prevention.

Sydney: National Mental Health Commission

This second annual report card from the National Mental Health Commission on mental health and suicide prevention in Australia builds upon the first report card A contributing life: the 2012 national report card on mental health and suicide prevention.

The report is divided into the following chapters:

  • letters to the Prime Minister
  • reporting back and looking forward
  • thriving, not just surviving
  • maintaining connections with family, friends and culture
  • ensuring effective care, support and treatment
  • something meaningful to do
  • feeling safe, stable and secure
  • preventing suicide.

This report includes eight new recommendations which build upon the 10 existing recommendations from the 2012 report. These recommendations are aimed at achieving the best possible health and wellbeing for all Australians.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Neto YF, Pedersen A (2013)

No time like the present: determinants of intentions to engage In bystander anti-racism on behalf of Indigenous Australians.

Journal of Pacific Rim Psychology; 7(1): 36-49

Nguyen OK, Cairney S (2013)

Literature review of the interplay between education, employment, health and wellbeing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in remote areas: working towards an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander wellbeing framework.

Alice Springs, NT: Ninti One Limited

This literature review investigated present wellbeing frameworks at a global and local level that are relevant to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in remote Australia. Current government frameworks gather statistical data for policy analysis and program development. Progressively more frameworks are incorporating holistic measures of health, for example, cultural health, governance, and the impacts of colonisation.

The review highlights the need to establish a wellbeing framework that considers the strengths and resilience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people together with their worldviews, perspectives, and values. Cultural identity is vital combined with control, achievement, and inclusion at a wider level of society. Examples of successful projects are included in the review with recommendations for the development of a wellbeing framework.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Osborne S (2013)

Kulintja nganampa maa-kunpuntjaku (strengthening our thinking): place-based approaches to mental health and wellbeing in Anangu schools.

The Australian Journal of Indigenous Education; 42(Special issue 2): 182-193

Reifels L, Bassilios B, King KE, Fletcher JR, Blashki G, Pirkis JE (2013)

Innovations in primary mental healthcare.

Australian Health Review; 37(3): 312-317

Ryder A, Blurton D, Hansen C, Collard L, Bracknell C, Butorac A, Cox A, Dudgeon P, Swift S (2013)

The National Empowerment Project Perth.

Canberra: Commonwealth of Australia

Sambrano R, Cox L (2013)

‘I sang Amazing Grace for about 3 hours that day': Understanding Indigenous Australians' experience of seclusion.

International Journal of Mental Health Nursing; 22(6): 522–531

Skinner TC, Blick J, Coffin J, Dudgeon P, Forrest S, Morrison D (2013)

Comparative validation of self-report measures of negative attitudes towards Aboriginal Australians and Torres Strait Islanders.

Rural and Remote Health; 13: 1959

Retrieved 9 April 2013 from http://www.rrh.org.au/articles/showarticlenew.asp?ArticleID=1959

Skuse B (2013)

Understanding personality : an Indigenous Australian peoples perspective.

Bachelor of Psychology thesis, Griffith University: Brisbane

Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision (2013)

Report on government services 2013.

Melbourne: Productivity Commission

Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision (2013)

Report on government services 2013: Indigenous compendium.

Canberra: Productivity Commission

This publication draws on the Report on government services 2013 to present data specific to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population. It reports on the delivery of mainstream services to Indigenous people including services for:

  • childcare, education and training
  • justice
  • emergency management
  • health
  • community services
  • housing and homelessness.

Performance reporting focuses on the degree to which the objective for a service is met. The report details the objective (outcomes) for each service stated and the performance indicators measuring the achievement of each objective.

Improvements in reporting by Indigenous status has allowed for detailed reporting for Indigenous children enrolled and attending preschool and elapsed times for aged care services to Indigenous people.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Stewart J, Allan J (2013)

Building relationships with Aboriginal people: a cultural mapping toolbox.

Australian Social Work; 66(1): 118-129

Taylor J (2013)

Overcoming the isolation experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander carers.

Partyline; 46(March 2013): 20-21

Taylor J (2013)

Practical ways to overcome isolation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander carers: a literature review.

Canberra: Carers Australia

The purpose of this report was to address the apparent lack of information pertaining to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander carers. In reviewing Australian and international literature, this report sought to elucidate the caregiving experience of unpaid Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander carers - those providing assistance to a family member or friend with a disability, mental illness, chronic condition, terminal illness, an alcohol or other drug issue, or who are frail aged. This report provides information specific to the lived experience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander carers, and the barriers such carers encounter in accessing services. The report also identifies ways to better enable support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander carers.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

The Kirby Institute (2013)

Highlighting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research at The Kirby Institute.

Sydney: The Kirby Institute

Think Insight and advice (2013)

Can we talk...about mental illness and suicide? A sampling of Australian community opinion.

Sydney: National Mental Health Commission

Tjalaminu M, Miller D, Collard L, Bracknell C, Butorac A, Cox A, Dudgeon P, Swift S (2013)

The National Empowerment Project Northam/Toodyay.

Canberra: Commonwealth of Australia

Trueman SWT (2013)

Contextualizing mental health nursing encounters in Australian remote Aboriginal communities: part 2, client encounters and interviews.

Issues in Mental Health Nursing; 34(10): 772-775

Trueman SWT (2013)

Contextualizing mental health nursing encounters in Australian remote Aboriginal communities: part I, history and customs.

Issues in Mental Health Nursing; 34(9): 715-718

Turoy-Smith KM, Kane R, Pedersen A (2013)

The willingness of a society to act on behalf of Indigenous Australians and refugees: the role of contact, intergroup anxiety, prejudice, and support for legislative change.

Journal of Applied Social Psychology; 43(Supplement S2): 179-195

Victorian Department of Health (2013)

Victoria's priorities for mental health reform 2013-2015.

Melbourne: Victorian Department of Health

Zubaran C, Foresti K, de Moore G (2013)

Aborigines, colonizers and newcomers: the landscape of transcultural psychiatry research in Australia.

Transcultural Psychiatry; 50(6): 876-899

2012

Raupach MR, McMichael AJ, Finnigan JJ, Manderson L, Walker BH, eds. (2012)

Negotiating our future: living scenarios for Australia to 2050: volume 2.

Canberra: Australian Academy of Science

McCoy BF, Stewart P, Poroch N, eds. (2012)

Urban Health: strengthening our voice, culture and partnerships.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies

Bennett B, Green S, Gilbert S, Bessarab B, eds. (2012)

Our voices : Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander social work.

South Yarra, Vic: Palgrave Macmillan

Anderson M, Bilney J, Bycroft N, Cockatoo-Collins D, Creighton G, Else J, Faulkner C, French J, Liddle T, Miller A, Miller J, Quinnell L, Stewart B, Sutton P, Thomas C, Trindall C, Wilson J, Malin M, Moller J (2012)

Closing the gap: support for Indigenous loss.

Australian Nursing Journal; 19(10): 24-27

Australasian Centre for Rural & Remote Mental Health (2012)

Rural & Remote Mental Health Limited: 2011-2012 annual report.

Cairns, QLD: Australasian Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health

Australian Bureau of Statistics (2012)

Australian health survey: first results, 2011-12.

Canberra: Australian Bureau of Statistics

Australian Council for Educational Research, Department of Families Housing Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (2012)

Starting school: a strengths-based approach towards Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.

Camberwell, Vic: Australian Council for Educational Research

Australian Department of Health and Ageing (2012)

E-mental health strategy for Australia.

Canberra: Australian Department of Health and Ageing

Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing (2012)

Ten year roadmap for national mental health reform : Draft #4 [draft for consultation].

Canberra: Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet (2012)

Summary of Australian Indigenous health, 2011.

Perth, WA: Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2012)

Australia's health 2012.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2012)

Comorbidity of mental disorders and physical conditions 2007.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2012)

Experience of perinatal depression: data from the 2010 Australian National Infant Feeding Survey: information paper.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2012)

Social and emotional wellbeing: development of a children's headline indicator.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

The Children's Headline Indicators are a set of measures established to focus policy in 19 priority areas related to children's health, development, and wellbeing. This paper describes the process involved in developing a Headline Indicator for the social and emotional wellbeing priority area. This developmental process entailed: defining the social and emotional wellbeing concept; reviewing the literature on social and emotional wellbeing and children's outcomes; identifying possible indicators; and consulting key experts and stakeholders. The outcome of this process saw strong support for the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) as an appropriate instrument for measuring social and emotional wellbeing in children, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. Future work must now focus on identifying the most appropriate means of collecting data for the social and emotional wellbeing Headline Indicator due to the absence of a suitable national data source for reporting on this Indicator.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2012)

Younger people with disability in residential aged care: 2010-11.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

The Younger people with disability in residential aged care: 2010-11 report examines the outcomes of the Younger people with disability in residential aged care (YPIRAC) 5-year program. The program aims to reduce the number of people with disability under the age of 65 living in residential aged care. The report presents information on the people who were provided with support under the YPIRAC initiative and the services they received during the period 1 July 2010 to 30 June 2011. The report found that one in ten people that accessed the YPIRAC service were Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander who were more likely to be men, live in regional, remote or very remote areas, primarily report a disability of acquired brain injury and live in supported accommodation.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Australian Rural Health Education Network (2012)

Mental Health Tertiary Curriculum Project report.

Canberra: Australian Rural Health Education Network

Baker J (2012)

Theorising survival: Indigenous women and social and emotional wellbeing.

Maleny, QLD: e-Content Management

This book uses a theoretical model to explore the position of Indigenous Australians in relation to health science research. It provides a contemporary understanding of Indigenous affairs, particularly in regards to counselling, community development, and policy. The book is comprised of eight chapters, covering the following topic areas:

  • Not another native informant
  • Reconstructing gender and 'race' relations after the frontier
  • Consciousness, abjection and the colonised subject
  • Pain as a catalyst for change, for working for change
  • 'Changing the terms of the conversation' and moving from "a survival mentality to a living mentality"
  • Borderlands: what is happening there?
  • Land and spirit: old ways of being
  • Conclusion: abjection denies a future of shared joys.

Abstract adapted from eContent Management

Bamblett M, Frederico M, Harrison J, Jackson A, Lewis P (2012)

'Not one size fits all': understanding the social & emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal children.

Melbourne: Berry Street Childhood Institute

Aboriginal children are commonly subjected to inappropriate social and emotional wellbeing assessments and measures that fail to consider their culture, beliefs, connection to family, community and place, spirituality, and their individual experiences. The study described in this report sought to address this shortcoming by exploring culturally appropriate assessment approaches that depict with greater accuracy and sensitivity, the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal children. A particular focus of this study was Aboriginal children who have experienced trauma through significant abuse and/or neglect. The study utilised an action research methodology and involved participation from Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal individuals and organisations. Nine key findings emerged from the study, and together with the recommendations, are discussed in detail in the final chapters of the report.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Barcham R (2012)

Theorising empowerment practice from the Pacific and Indigenous Australia.

Doctor of philosophy thesis, Australian National University: Canberra

Biddle N, Swee H (2012)

The relationship between wellbeing and Indigenous land, language and culture in Australia.

Australian Geographer; 43(3): 215-232

Biddle N (2012)

Measures of Indigenous social capital and their relationship with well-being.

Australian Journal of Rural Health; 20(6): 298-304

Bulbrook KM, Carey TA, Lenthall S, Byers L, Behan KP (2012)

Treating mental health in remote communities: what do remote health practitioners need?.

Rural and Remote Health; 12: 2346

Retrieved 9 November 2012 from http://www.rrh.org.au/Articles/subviewnew.asp?ArticleID=2346

Bulman J (2012)

Mibbinbah, a safe space to find your voice.

Health Issues; (109): 24-26

Calma T (2012)

Tom Calma speaks on mental health in communities [interview].

: Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association

Council of Australian Governments (2012)

National action plan for mental health 2006-2011: fourth progress report covering implementation to 2009-10.

Canberra: Council of Australian Governments

Council of Australian Governments (2012)

The roadmap for national mental health reform 2012-2022.

Canberra: Council of Australian Governments

Giallo R, D’Esposito F, Christensen D, Mensah F, Cooklin A, Wade C, Lucas N, Canterford L, Nicholson JM (2012)

Father mental health during the early parenting period: results of an Australian population based longitudinal study.

Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology; 47(12): 1907-1916

Giallo R, D’Esposito F, Cooklin A, Mensah F, Lucas N, Wade C, Nicholson JM (2012)

Psychosocial risk factors associated with fathers' mental health in the postnatal period: results from a population-based study.

Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology; 48(4): 563-573

Goreng TG (2012)

Living in shadows, healing in the law: an Aboriginal experience of recovery using psychotherapy and Aboriginal spiritual practice.

Psychotherapy and Politics International; 10(3): 205–218

Green AC, Hunt C, Stain HJ (2012)

The delay between symptom onset and seeking professional treatment for anxiety and depressive disorders in a rural Australian sample.

Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology; 47(9): 1475-1487

Griffin C, Hinton R, Nagel T (2012)

Yarning about Indigenous mental health: translation of a recovery paradigm to practice.

Advances in Mental Health; 10(3): 1

Guerin B, Guerin P (2012)

Re-thinking mental health for Indigenous Australian communities: communities as context for mental health.

Community Development Journal; 47(4): 555-570

Harms L, Clarke A, Anderson I, Whyte J, Middleton J, Sloan J (2012)

From colonisation to conciliation: an exploration of social work practice with Aboriginal populations.

Melbourne: The University of Melbourne

Harris JB, Hill B, Kiernan M (2012)

A model for increasing Indigenous participation in psychology degrees.

Australian Psychologist; 47(3):

Hay PJ, Carriage C (2012)

Eating disorder features in Indigenous Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australian peoples.

BMC Public Health; 12: 233

Retrieved 23 March 2012 from http://www.biomedcentral.com/content/pdf/1471-2458-12-233.pdf

Healing Foundation (2012)

Healing centres : final report - 21 December 2012.

Kingston, ACT: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Foundation

Healing Foundation (2012)

Our healing: our solutions: volume 3.

Kingston, ACT: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Foundation

Healing Foundation (2012)

Training and education : journey to healing volume 1.

Kingston, ACT: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Foundation

Healing Foundation (2012)

Why Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander healing services are a good investment for business and industry.

Kingston, ACT: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Foundation

Hunter E, Milroy H, Brown N, Calma T (2012)

Human rights, health, and Indigenous Australians.

In: Dudley M, Silove D, Gale F, eds. Mental health and human rights : vision, praxis, and courage. Oxford: Oxford University Press: 448-464

Isaacs A, Maybery D (2012)

Improving mental health awareness of rural Aboriginal men: perspectives from Gippsland.

Australasian Psychiatry; 20(2): 108-111

Isaacs AN, Maybery D, Gruis H (2012)

Mental health services for Aboriginal men: mismatches and solutions.

International Journal of Mental Health Nursing; 21(5): 400–408

Jane S (2012)

Remote and urban connections - an account of caring for an Indigenous couple.

Australian Nursing Journal; 20(2): 33

John Scougall Consulting Services (2012)

Keeping people safe: an evaluation of the Nyoongar Patrol Outreach Service.

Perth: Australian Policy Online

Jorm AF, Bourchier SJ, Cvetkovski S, Stewart G (2012)

Mental health of Indigenous Australians: a review of findings from community surveys.

Medical Journal of Australia; 196(2): 118-121

Leenders M, Dyer G, Saunders V (2012)

From creative recovery to creative Livelihoods: “It's not just art... it's a healing thing”: the benefits of an arts based health initiative in remote Indigenous communities: evaluation report 2011.

Cairns, QLD: Australasian Centre for Rural & Remote Mental Health

Little K, Sanson A, Zubrick SR (2012)

Do individual differences in temperament matter for Indigenous children? The structure and function of temperament in Footprints in Time.

Family Matters; 2012(91): 92-105

Macklin J (2012)

Continuing our efforts to close the gap: Ministerial statements 2012-13.

Canberra: Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

McConnochie K, Ranzijn R, Hodgson L, Nolan W, Samson R (2012)

Working in Indigenous contexts: self-reported experiences of non-Indigenous Australian psychologists.

Australian Psychologist; 47(4): 204–212

McKenna T, Woods DB (2012)

Using psychotherapeutic arts to decolonise counselling for Indigenous peoples.

Asia Pacific Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy; 3(1): 29-40

McNeil N, Cavanagh J, Bartram T, Leggat SG (2012)

Identifying barriers to building organisational capacity: a study of an Indigenous men's shed.

Health Issues; (109): 17-20

Mental Health Council of Australia (2012)

Recognition and respect: mental health carers report 2012.

Deakin, ACT: Mental Health Council of Australia

This report provides insight into the lived experience of people who care for someone with a mental illness. It documents the findings of a survey that was distributed to mental health carers in 2011-2012 by the Mental Health Council of Australia. The survey findings have been categorised according to similarity and include: the need to recognise and respect the important contribution that carers make to the lives of people with mental illness; the carers' perspective on the services and support available to them; the carers' views of the services and support available to consumers; and the experiences of young carers, culturally and linguistically diverse carers, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander carers. Detailed information is provided for each of the major findings, with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander carer section focusing on: cultural issues; services and support for Aboriginal carers; financial burdens; respite services; housing; stigma and discrimination; services and support for Aboriginal consumers; and workforce issues.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Molloy L (2012)

The mental health nurses experience of providing care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients in acute inpatient units.

Masters thesis, University of Sydney: Sydney

Nadew GT (2012)

Exposure to traumatic events, prevalence of posttraumatic stress disorder and alcohol abuse in Aboriginal communities.

Rural and Remote Health; 12: 1667

Retrieved 12 October 2012 from http://www.rrh.org.au/articles/showarticlenew.asp?ArticleID=1667

National Mental Health Commission (2012)

A contributing life: the 2012 national report card on mental health and suicide prevention.

Sydney: National Mental Health Commission

This report is the first national report card into mental health and suicide prevention in Australia. It is the product of an independent review of mental health, which involved extensive consultations with, and contributions from, people with a lived experience of mental health issues, their family and supporters, and those working in the field in varying capacities. The report card is divided into chapters, with each chapter focusing on a particular issue, such as the emotional and social wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The chapters include information, assessment, and commentary on how the nation is faring in relation to each issue, the progress made, and the improvements required. Incorporated into the report card are the personal stories of those affected by mental health difficulties to highlight the current circumstances of people living with mental health difficulties. The report card culminates in 10 recommendations which point to areas where real action is needed to ensure those with mental health difficulties live a contributing life.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

National Mental Health Commission (2012)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples overcoming cycles of disadvantage for a contributing life.

In: A contributing life: the 2012 national report card on mental health and suicide prevention. Sydney: National Mental Health Commission: 19-26

This section of the A contributing life report provides information on the mental health, and the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This section of the report includes data, the personal stories of two Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people affected by mental health difficulties, and the fictional story of a young boy that details his journey from early life to adulthood. It acknowledges the diversity that exists within the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population while also providing insight into some of the mental health challenges encountered by Indigenous peoples, and the improvements needed to service delivery. This report section forms part of a larger document that is the first national report card into mental health and suicide prevention in Australia. The report card is the product of an independent review of mental health, which involved extensive consultations with, and contributions from, people with a lived experience of mental health issues, their family and supporters, and those working in the field in varying capacities. Included in the report card are sections dedicated to selected issues within the mental health field, as well as 10 recommendations which point to areas where real action is needed to ensure those with mental health difficulties live a contributing life.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

National Mental Health Commission (2012)

National Mental Health Commission's strategies and actions 2012–2015.

Sydney: National Mental Health Commission

National Mental Health Commission (2012)

National report card on mental health and suicide prevention roundtable consultations 26-27 April 2012.

Sydney: National Mental Health Commission

New South Wales Centre for Epidemiology and Evidence (2012)

The health of Aboriginal people of NSW: report of the Chief Health Officer 2012.

Sydney: New South Wales Ministry of Health

Nikoloski ML (2012)

Starting from within : an investigation into the cultural competence of non-Aboriginal counsellors working with Aboriginal people in Perth, Western Australia.

Doctor of Philosophy thesis, Curtin University: Perth

Paradies YC, Cunningham J (2012)

The DRUID study: racism and self-assessed health status in an Indigenous population.

BMC Public Health; 12: 131

Retrieved 14 February 2012 from http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2458/12/131

Parker RM (2012)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health: paradise lost? [editorial].

Medical Journal of Australia; 196(2): 89-90

Prandl KJ, Rooney R, Bishop BJ (2012)

Mental health of Australian Aboriginal women during pregnancy: identifying the gaps.

Archives of Womens Mental Health; 15(3): 149-154

Priest N, MacKean T, Davis E, Briggs L, Waters E (2012)

Aboriginal perspectives of child health and wellbeing in an urban setting: developing a conceptual framework.

Health Sociology Review; 21(2): 180-195

Prout S (2012)

Indigenous wellbeing frameworks in Australia and the quest for quantification.

Social Indicators Research; 109(2): 317-336

Queensland Health (2012)

The health of Queenslanders 2012: advancing good health. Fourth report of the Chief Health Officer Queensland.

Brisbane: Queensland Health

Rosenberg S (2012)

International benchmarking of Australia's mental health performance – state of play review: project report.

Sydney: National Mental Health Commission

Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (2012)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health workers: position statement 50.

Melbourne: Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists

Shaw GG (2012)

Vulnerability - an affliction of the powerless: a Nyoongar story.

Doctor of Philosophy thesis, Murdoch University: Perth

South Australian Department for Health and Ageing (2012)

South Australian Department for Health and Ageing annual report 2011-12.

Adelaide: South Australian Department for Health and Ageing

Standing Council of Health (2012)

Mental health statement of rights and responsibilities 2012.

Canberra: Department of Health and Ageing

Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision (2012)

Report on government services 2012.

Melbourne: Productivity Commission

Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision (2012)

Report on government services 2012: Indigenous compendium.

Canberra: Productivity Commission

This report draws on the Report on government services 2012 to present data specific to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population. It reports on the delivery of mainstream services to Indigenous people including services for:

  • early childhood, education and training
  • justice
  • emergency management
  • health
  • community services
  • housing and homelessness.

Performance reporting focuses on the degree to which objective for a service is met. The report details the objective (outcomes) for each services stated and the performance indicators measuring the achievement of each objective.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Sutton K, Maybery D, Moore T (2012)

Bringing them home: a Gippsland mental health workforce recruitment strategy.

Australian Health Review; 36(1): 79-82

Taylor AW, Marin T, Avery J, Grande D (2012)

South Australian Aboriginal health survey.

Adelaide: South Australian Population Research and Outcome Studies

This report provides information on chronic diseases among Indigenous people in South Australia, including the social determinants of health and some risk and protective factors. It includes information on:

  • kidney disease
  • hearing problems
  • mental health
  • asthma
  • high blood pressure.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

The Lancet (2012)

Mental health and disadvantage in Indigenous Australians [editorial].

The Lancet; 380(9858): 1968

Thomson N, MacRae A, Brankovich J, Burns J, Catto M, Gray C, Levitan L, Maling C, Potter C, Ride K, Stumpers S, Urquhart B (2012)

Overview of Australian Indigenous health status, 2011.

Perth, WA: Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

Trauer T, Nagel T (2012)

Outcome measurement in adult Indigenous mental health consumers.

Advances in Mental Health; 11(1): 106-116

VicHealth (2012)

Mental health impacts of racial discrimination in Victorian Aboriginal communities: experiences of racism survey: a summary.

Melbourne: VicHealth

2011

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Foundation (2011)

Our healing: our solutions: volume 2.

Kingston, ACT: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Foundation

Allain G (2011)

An art-based healing process: the Aurukun creative livelihoods project at the Wik and Kugu Arts and Craft Centre.

Australasian Psychiatry; 19(Supplement 1): S42-S44

Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council (2011)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework: 2010 report.

Canberra: Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, Department of Health and Ageing

This is the third report developed under the auspice of the Australian Health Ministers' Advisory Council to measure progress against the National strategic framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health as well as the more recent measures introduced under Closing the gap national partnerships.

The performance framework reports on the three tiers of health:

  • health status and outcomes: this includes measures of prevalence of disease or injury, human function, life expectancy and wellbeing
  • measures of the health determinants: this includes socioeconomic status, environmental factors and health behaviours
  • health system performance: this includes effectiveness, responsiveness, accessibility and sustainability.
Major findings of the report include:
  • a significant decline in Indigenous deaths due to avoidable causes
  • narrowing of the mortality gap
  • reduction in infant mortality
  • chronic diseases are a continuing concern, contributing to two thirds of the health gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians
  • there were slight reductions in literacy and numeracy gaps between Indigenous and non-Indigenous students
  • risky behaviours, such as smoking and lack of physical activity, were continuing concerns among Indigenous people
  • access to, and utilisation of medical services is less than expected given higher levels of illness
  • access to medical services is more difficult in remote than non-remote areas.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2011)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health performance framework 2010: detailed analyses.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2011)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health services report 2009–10: OATSIH Services Reporting - key results.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This publication reports on the major findings from the Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (OATSIH) services reporting data collection, for the 2009-10 period. The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) collects data from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health care services, stand-alone substance use services, and Bringing Them Home and Link Up counselling services that have received funding from OATSIH. The publication provides information on the activity of these services including their operations, programs involved in, the number of clients seen, episodes of care and client contacts. This data assists in the development and implementation of Indigenous health policies and initiatives.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2011)

Diabetes and poor mental health and wellbeing: an exploratory analysis.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2011)

Headline indicators for children's health, development and wellbeing 2011.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2011)

The health and welfare of Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people: an overview 2011.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This overview is a summary of Indigenous health and welfare at the national level. Topics covered include:

  • demographic characteristics
  • determinants of health and welfare: socioeconomic factors, housing, community capacity, behavioural factors, and social and emotional wellbeing
  • health and functioning: disability, community functioning, and health conditions
  • mortality and life expectancy of mothers and babies, children, young people and older people
  • health care and support services, including health and welfare expenditure.

The report compares Indigenous statistics to the non-Indigenous statistics on the same health and welfare issues and provides time series data where available. It relates the picture of Indigenous health and welfare to the goals set by the Council of Australian Governments and the raft of measures under Closing the gap agreement aimed at reducing the health gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. For the first time, the report looks at the impact of chronic diseases on the life expectancy gap, currently estimated to be 12 years for men and 10 years for women. It shows that about 80% of the mortality gap can be attributed to chronic diseases, most significantly heart diseases (22%), diabetes (12%) and liver diseases (11%).

The report is accompanied by nine online papers on specific topics, available from the Indigenous observatory: Indigenous life expectancy and mortality, child safety, eye health, disability, access to health services, chronic disease and older people.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Bainbridge R, McCalman J, Tsey K, Brown C (2011)

Inside-out approaches to promoting Australian Aboriginal wellbeing: evidence from a decade of community-based participatory research.

The International Journal of Health, Wellness and Society; 1(2): 13-28

Bainbridge R (2011)

Becoming empowered: a grounded theory study of Aboriginal women's agency.

Australasian Psychiatry; 19(Supplement 1): S26-S29

Bath J, Biddle N (2011)

Measures of wellbeing for Indigenous children: lecture 12.

Paper presented at the Measures of Indigenous wellbeing and their determinants across the lifecourse, CAEPR Lecture series. 19 May 2011, Canberra

Biddle N, Swee H (2011)

Sustainability - land, language and culture: lecture 10.

Paper presented at the Measures of Indigenous wellbeing and their determinants across the lifecourse, CAEPR Lecture series. 5 May 2011, Canberra

Biddle N (2011)

Housing and households: lecture 8.

Paper presented at the Measures of Indigenous wellbeing and their determinants across the lifecourse, CAEPR Lecture series. 29 April 2011, Canberra

Biddle N (2011)

Summary and conclusions: lecture 13.

Paper presented at the Measures of Indigenous wellbeing and their determinants across the lifecourse, CAEPR Lecture series. 9 June 2011, Canberra

Brown C (2011)

You get help and you give help: my role as an Aboriginal family wellbeing facilitator.

Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal; 35(1): 24-28

Bulman J, Hayes R (2011)

Mibbinbah and spirit healing: fostering safe, friendly spaces for Indigenous males in Australia.

International Journal of Men's Health; 10(1): 6-25

Calma T, Priday E (2011)

Putting Indigenous human rights into social work practice.

Australian Social Work; 64(2): 147-155

Cameron S (2011)

The experiences of Indigenous Australian psychologists and higher education.

Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) Honours thesis, Edith Cowan University: Perth

Cappo D, McGorry P, Hickie I, Rosenberg S, Moran J, Hamilton M (2011)

Including, connecting, contributing: a blueprint to transform mental health and social participation in Australia.

Sydney: Brain and Mind Research Institute

Child and Adolescent Community Health (2011)

Health and wellbeing profile of young Western Australians.

Perth: Department of Health, Western Australia

Crawford F (2011)

Local regeneration in social work with Indigenous peoples: the Kimberley across 40 years.

Australian Social Work; 64(2): 198-214

De Donatis C (2011)

"They have a story inside." Madness and healing on Elcho Island, north-east Arnhem Land.

Doctor of Philosophy thesis, Charles Darwin University: Darwin

Dobia B, O’Rourke VG (2011)

Promoting the mental health and wellbeing of Indigenous children in Australian primary schools.

Canberra: KidsMatter Australian Primary Schools Mental Health Initiative

Dockery AM (2011)

Traditional culture and the well-being of Indigenous Australians: an analysis of the 2008 NATSISS.

Perth: Centre for Labour Market Research, Curtin University of Technology

Doyle K (2011)

Modes of colonisation and patterns of contemporary mental health: towards an understanding of Canadian Aboriginal, Australian Aboriginal and Maori peoples.

Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal; 35(1): 20-23

Dudgeon P (2011)

What does inadequate Indigenous mental health care cost the community?.

Retrieved July 2011 from http://www.eoc.wa.gov.au/Libraries/pdfs/NAIDOC_-_2011_Professor_Pat_Dudgeon_Presentation.sflb.ashx

Fels MH (2011)

'I succeeded once': the Aboriginal protectorate on the Mornington Peninsula, 1839–1840.

: Australian National University E Press

Garvey DC (2011)

Closing gaps, maintaining cadence and removing trampolines: a personal reflection on 20 years in health [Dr Ross Ingram Memorial Essay Competition runner-up].

Medical Journal of Australia; 194(10): 543-545

Gooda M (2011)

Creating Futures 2010: harnessing creativity and social enterprise for social and emotional wellbeing: human rights considerations.

Australasian Psychiatry; 19(Supplement 1): S4-S7

Gooda M (2011)

Strengthening our relationships over lands, territories and resources: the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples [2011 Mabo lecture].

Retrieved from http://www.humanrights.gov.au/about/media/speeches/social_justice/2011/20111024_mabo_lecture.html

Gooder H (2011)

The sorry people : non-indigenous Australians and emotional geographies of co-presence.

Doctor of Philosophy thesis, University of Melbourne: Melbourne

Gorringe S, Ross J, Fforde C (2011)

Will the real Aborigine please stand up? Strategies for breaking the stereotypes and changing the conversation.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies

Guerin P, Guerin B, Tedmanson D, Clark Y (2011)

How can country, spirituality, music and arts contribute to Indigenous mental health and wellbeing?.

Australasian Psychiatry; 19(Supplement 1): S38-S41

Hampshire WJ (2011)

Dhangude Dunghutti Burrai welcomed to Dunghutti Land: towards a shared understanding of grief and loss.

Doctor of Philosophy thesis, Southern Cross University: Lismore, NSW

The study has documented the beliefs, values and opinions related to the experience of grief and loss. The study has also highlighted the meaning of grief for participants, (which is much broader than the meaning of grief for non-Aboriginal people) and the study has shown that the community involved has a unique history, which shapes the current experience of grief. Therefore culturally safe health care would include this experience. The study has confirmed that Aboriginal people who participated hold strong beliefs and practice rituals in relation to death, dying, loss and grief.

Authors abstract

Harms L, Middleton J, Whyte J, Anderson I, Clarke A, Sloan J, Hagel M, Smith M (2011)

Social work with Aboriginal clients: perspectives on educational preparation and practice.

Australian Social Work; 64(2): 156-168

Hunter E (2011)

'It is time for Indigenous Australians to be recognised in the document that governs Australia. Constitutional acknowledgement of Indigenous people is long overdue' [editorial].

Australasian Psychiatry; 19(Supplement 1): S1–S3

Isaacs AN, Pepper H, Pyett P, Gruis H, Waples-Crowe P, Oakley-Browne M (2011)

'What you do is important but how you do it is more important': engaging Indigenous men in rural mental health services research.

Qualitative Research Journal; 11(1): 51-61

Kelly BJ, Lewin TJ, Stain HJ, Coleman C, Fitzgerald M, Perkins D, Carr VJ, Fragar L, Fuller J, Lyle D, Beard JR (2011)

Determinants of mental health and well-being within rural and remote communities.

Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology; 46(12): 1331-1342

Kerr S, Atkinson G (2011)

Halls Creek scoping project for a healing plan: final report.

Abbotsford, Vic: Atkinson Kerr and Associates

Kickett M (2011)

Examination of how a culturally-appropriate definition of resilience affects the physical and mental health of Aboriginal people.

Doctor of Philosophy thesis, University of Western Australia: Perth

Kilcullen ML (2011)

Explorations of understandings of mental health in an urban Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander sample.

Doctor of Philosophy thesis, James Cook University: Townsville, Qld

Kisely S, Pais J (2011)

Can administrative data provide insights into the mental health of Indigenous Queenslanders?.

Australasian Psychiatry; 19(Supplement 1): S12-S16

Kuipers K, McIntosh K, Paluch T, Oke L (2011)

Caring for country was associated with positive health outcomes for Indigenous people living in remote areas of Northern Australia.

Australian Occupational Therapy Journal; 58(1): 56-57

Leenders M, Dyer GM, Saunders V (2011)

Work in progress: Creative Recovery to creative livelihoods.

Australasian Psychiatry; 19(Supplement 1): S45-S48

Loban H (2011)

Indigenous consumers, financial stress and emotional wellbeing.

Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal; 35(6): 14-16

Madden DL (2011)

Gugu badhun women on the move: enhancing wellbeing in an Aboriginal community through the use of ICT.

Doctor of Philosophy thesis, James Cook University:

Martyr P (2011)

‘Behaving wildly': diagnoses of lunacy among Indigenous persons in Western Australia, 1870–1914.

Social History of Medicine; 24(2): 316-333

Moffatt LL (2011)

Mental illness or spiritual illness: what should we call it? [Dr Ross Ingram Memorial Essay Competition winner].

Medical Journal of Australia; 194(10): 541-542

Nickson A, Dunstan J, Esperanza D, Barker S (2011)

Indigenous practice approaches to women, violence, and healing using community development: a partnership between Indigenous and non Indigenous workers.

Australian Social Work; 64(1): 84-95

Pirkis J, Harris M, Hall W, Ftanou M (2011)

Evaluation of the Better Access to Psychiatrists, Psychologists and General Practitioners through the Medicare Benefits Schedule initiative: summative evaluation.

Canberra: Department of Health and Ageing, Australia

Priest N, Paradies Y, Stewart P, Luke J (2011)

Racism and health among urban Aboriginal young people.

BMC Public Health; 11: 568

Retrieved 15 July 2011 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2458-11-568

Public Health Advocacy Institute of WA (2011)

The West Australian Indigenous storybook : celebrating and sharing good news stories : the Kimberley and Pilbara edition.

Perth, WA: Public Health Advocacy Institute of WA

The West Australian Indigenous storybook (The storybook) is the first in a series of Indigenous storybooks showcasing the achievements of Indigenous communities and people across Western Australia. The stories are from the Kimberley and Pilbara regions. The stories of programs contained within The storybook cover a range of social, economic, health and environmental health achievements. The intention of each program was to improve the quality of life and wellbeing of Indigenous people.

The storybook shares both the successes and failures of the programs, and it is hoped that this will encourage a change in how Indigenous programs are planned, delivered and disseminated.

The storybook covers a range of programs including:

  • healthy lifestyle initiatives
  • community awareness programs relating to suicide and good parenting
  • local government environmental health and health projects
  • effective partnerships
  • social benefit programs.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Rigby CW, Rosen A, Berry HL, Hart CR (2011)

If the land's sick, we're sick: the impact of prolonged drought on the social and emotional well-being of Aboriginal communities in rural New South Wales.

Australian Journal of Rural Health; 19(5): 249-254

Robinson T (2011)

Pilot of Deadly Thinking Workshops: evaluation report.

Cairns, QLD: Rural & Remote Mental Health Limited

Shulver WK (2011)

Parenting groups as sources of social capital: their patterns of use and outcomes for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal mothers of young children.

Doctor of Philosophy thesis, Flinders University: Adelaide

Spurgeon D (2011)

Indigenous mental health nursing in remote settings.

In: Edward K, Munro I, Robins A, Welch A, eds. Mental health nursing : dimensions of praxis. South Melbourne, Vic: Oxford University Press: 415-426

Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision (2011)

Overcoming Indigenous disadvantage: key indicators 2011.

Canberra: Productivity Commission, Australia

This report is the fifth in a series of reports on overcoming Indigenous disadvantage as commissioned by the heads of government in 2002. It has been produced in consultation with Indigenous peoples, governments, academics and service providers. The report measures the progress of the six targets set by the Council of Australian Governments Closing the gap strategy, together with other identified significant indicators. The report has three main sections:

  • an overview of the key messages
  • the main report which provides the evidence base for the framework for the report and detailed information on the current outcomes and those interventions and policies that have enhanced those outcomes
  • tables expanding on the data presented in the report.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision (2011)

Overcoming Indigenous disadvantage: key indicators 2011 overview.

Canberra: Productivity Commission, Australia

Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision (2011)

Report on government services 2011: Indigenous compendium.

Canberra: Productivity Commission

Stumpers S, Thomson N, Brankovich J, Burns J, Catto M, Gray C, Maling C, Potter C, Ride K, Urquhart B (2011)

Overview of the health of Indigenous people in Western Australia 2011.

Perth, WA: Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

Tedmanson D, Guerin P (2011)

Enterprising social wellbeing: social entrepreneurial and strengths based approaches to mental health and wellbeing in “remote” Indigenous community contexts.

Australasian Psychiatry; 19(Supplement 1): S30-S33

Toombs M (2011)

Identity and this skin colour business: a university student's perspective.

Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal; 35(3): 14-15

Toombs M (2011)

What factors do Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students say affect their social and emotional wellbeing while at University?.

Doctor of Philosophy thesis, University of Southern Queensland:

Victorian Department of Health (2011)

The health and wellbeing of Aboriginal Victorians: Victorian population health survey 2008 supplementary report.

Melbourne: Victorian Department of Health

Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (2011)

Housing and health: research summary: addressing the social and economic determinants of mental and physical health.

Melbourne: VicHealth

Walter M, Taylor S, Habibis D (2011)

How white is social work in Australia?.

Australian Social Work; 64(1): 6-19

Wanganeen R (2011)

Integrating personal and professional experiences: seven phases to integrating loss and grief.

Grief Matters; 14(3): 78-88

West R, Usher K (2011)

The mental health of Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

In: Edward K, Munro I, Robins A, Welch A, eds. Mental health nursing : dimensions of praxis. South Melbourne, Vic: Oxford University Press: 397-408

Western Australian Country Health Service (2011)

Mental health strategic intent: strategic framework for service planning to 2020.

Perth, WA: Western Australian Department of Health

Western Australian Network of Alcohol and Other Drug Agencies (2011)

Comorbidity capacity building toolkit.

Perth: Western Australian Network of Alcohol and Other Drug Agencies

This toolkit was produced by the Western Australian Network of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies. The purpose of the toolkit is to provide guidance for other Western Australian alcohol and other drug (AOD) services planning to undertake capacity building initiatives. The toolkit was developed in accordance with knowledge gained throughout the national Improved services initiative (ISI) project. This project aimed to build the capacity of non-government AOD organisations to effectively identify and treat comorbid substance use and mental illness.

Abstract adapted from Western Australian Network of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies

Whitehead J (2011)

Mental health clients and metabolic syndrome.

The Chronicle; 22(4): 23

Whiteside M, Tsey K, Cadet-James Y (2011)

A theoretical empowerment framework for transdisciplinary team building.

Australian Social Work; 64(2): 228-232

Whiteside M, Tsey K, Earles W (2011)

Locating empowerment in the context of Indigenous Australia.

Australian Social Work; 64(1): 113-129

Ziersch A, Gallaher G, Baum F, Bentley M (2011)

Racism, social resources and mental health for Aboriginal people living in Adelaide.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health; 35(3): 231–237

Ziersch AM, Gallaher G, Fran B, Bentley M (2011)

Responding to racism: insights on how racism can damage health from an urban study of Australian Aboriginal people.

Social Science & Medicine; 73(7): 1045-1053

2010

beyondblue, ed. (2010)

Research: targeted research in depression, anxiety and related disorders 2007-2010.

Canberra: beyondblue

Australian Bureau of Statistics (2010)

The city and the bush: Indigenous wellbeing across remoteness areas: Australian social trends, Sep 2010.

Canberra: Australian Bureau of Statistics

Australian Bureau of Statistics (2010)

The health and welfare of Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, Oct 2010.

Canberra: Australian Bureau of Statistics

The information included in this report is taken from a variety of sources. This report highlights that Aboriginal and Torres Strait people make up 2.5% of the Australian population and is young compared to the rest of the population. The key findings include:

  • The estimated resident population in 2006 was 517,000 people.
  • The median age for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people was 21.0 years compared to 37.0 years for the non-Indigenous population.
  • 68% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people reside in rural and remote locations and 32% reside in urban locations.
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have a lower life expectancy than non-Indigenous Australians. From 2005-2007 the gap was 11.5 years for males and 9.7 years for females.
  • Life expectancy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander males at birth is estimated to be 67.2 years and for females is 72.9 years.
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander language and culture is strong.
  • Socio-economic outcomes continute to improve; 22% completed year twelve in 2008.
  • More people completed non-school qualifications; 40% of people aged 25-64 years in 2008, compared to 32% in 2002.
  • The unemployment rate fell from 23% in 2002 to 17% in 2008, but remains five times higher than the rate for non-Indigenous unemployment which was 5% in 2008.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association, Centre for Health Equity Training Research and Evaluation (2010)

Health impact assessment of the Northern Territory emergency response.

Canberra: Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association

Australian Indigenous Psychologists Association (2010)

Defining Indigenous social and emotional wellbeing and mental health.

Canberra: Australian Indigenous Psychologists Association

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2010)

Australia's health 2010: the twelfth biennial report of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australia's health 2010 was released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare as the twelfth edition of its biennial national health report. The report shows that Australia is one of the healthiest nations in the world, with most Australians generally have good health and access to a range of good health care services, but Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples continue to have much poorer health than the general population.

Health information about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is included in various sections of the report but particularly in chapter 5.1 which compiles information about demographic profiles, health status, disability rates and service use. The section highlights that Indigenous Australians are continuing to die at much younger ages than non-Indigenous Australians. Indigenous Australians also continue to have a greater disease burden, higher rates of disability and a lower quality of life than other Australians. The section concludes with information on behaviours and health risk factors that shape the health status of Indigenous peoples such as tobacco use, alcohol misuse, illicit drug use, and housing conditions.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2010)

When musculoskeletal conditions and mental disorders occur together.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Bain E, Chur-Hansen A (2010)

'Why has this patient presented in this manner at this time in the context of his or her life?'.

Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal; 34(2): 17-20

Bamblett EG (2010)

Gurranyin borinya (on eagle's wings): effecting change for Koorie youth.

Doctor of Philosophy thesis, RMIT University: Melbourne

Bolt R (2010)

Urban Aboriginal identity construction in Australia: an Aboriginal perspective utilising multi-method qualitative analysis.

Doctor of Philosophy thesis, The University of Sydney: Sydney

Central Australian Rural Practitioners Association (2010)

CARPA standard treatment manual [5th ed.].

5th ed. Alice Springs: Central Australian Rural Practitioners Association

This manual assists practitioners to manage a range of health, social and work conditions when they arrive in central and northern Australia without any specific training in remote practice.

The manual topics include:

  • emergency and assessment
    • patterns of abdominal pain
    • burns
    • chest (breathing) injuries
  • child health
    • dental and oral problems
    • ear and hearing problems
    • chronic suppuratives lung disease
  • mental health and drug problems
    • mental health assessment
    • suicide risk
    • alcohol and other drugs
  • chronic disease
    • assessing and reducing cardiovascular risk
    • diabetes
    • heart failure
  • sexual health
    • HIV/AIDS
    • sexually transmitted infections in men
  • general topics
    • eye problems
    • rheumatic fever and heart disease
    • hepatitis.

This resource ensures a sensitive and comprehensive approach to primary health care for Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory and beyond. Access to the manual requires registration which is free.

The sixth edition of the CARPA manual was released in 2014.

Abstract adapted from Central Australian Rural Practitioners Association

Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health (2010)

2010 NSW Aboriginal Mental Health Workers Forum: effective partnerships and effective relationships: report and evaluation.

Orange, NSW: University of Newcastle

Clark KD, Oosthuizen J, Beerenfels S, Rowell AC (2010)

Making the best of the early years: the Tambellup way.

Rural and Remote Health; 10: 1407

Retrieved 28 July 2010 from http://www.rrh.org.au/publishedarticles/article_print_1407.pdf

Department of Health and Ageing (2010)

National mental health report 2010: summary of 15 Years of reform in Australia's mental health services under the National Mental Health Strategy 1993-2008.

Canberra: Department of Health and Ageing, Australia

Dietsch E, Martin T, Shackleton P, Davies C, McLeod M, Alston M (2010)

Australian Aboriginal kinship: a means to enhance maternal well-being.

Women and Birth; 24(2): 58-64

Dillon A (2010)

Self-esteem (liking ourselves).

Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal; 34(3): 23-24

Dingwall KM, Cairney S (2010)

Psychological and cognitive assessment of Indigenous Australians.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry; 44(1): 20-30

This article provides an evaluation of the psychological and cognitive assessments considered suitable for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The article presents a review of various psychological, mental health, social and emotional wellbeing, and cognitive assessments that have been used in, or developed for, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Dockery AM (2010)

The subjective wellbeing of Indigenous Australians.

Perth, WA: Centre for Labour Market Research, Curtin Business School

This paper utilises data on self-assessed quality of life available from the expanded Indigenous sample of the 2001 National health survey to compare the subjective wellbeing of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. Assuming cross-cultural comparability of responses to the quality of life scale, Indigenous Australians are found to face a markedly lower quality of life than other Australians, consistent with the many objective measures of socio-economic outcomes. Differences in the determinants of subjective wellbeing are further explored to identify differences in values and preferences that may be embodied in Indigenous culture. The analysis is considered exploratory given the many limitations of the current data. The collection of data that can improve our understanding of the cultural constructions of wellbeing is identified as an important priority given the pertinence of such evidence for the formulation of policy to address the ongoing plight of Indigenous Australians.

Author abstract

Eckermann A-K, Dowd T, Chong E, Nixon L, Gray R, Johnson SM (2010)

Binan Goonj : bridging cultures in Aboriginal health.

3rd Edition ed. Sydney: Churchill Livingstone

Flint PJ (2010)

Emotional and behavioural problems in Indigenous adults with intellectual disability.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) thesis, Monash University: Melbourne

Gorman D (2010)

Maslow's hierarchy and social and emotional wellbeing.

Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal; 34(1): 27-29

Green BL (2010)

Culture is treatment: considering pedagogy in the care of Aboriginal people.

Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services; 48(7): 27-34

Hamilton M, Redmond G, Muir K (2010)

Conceptualisation of social and emotional wellbeing for children and young people, and policy implications.

Canberra: Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth

Harrison J (2010)

Healing our communities, healing ourselves: Ross Ingram Memorial Essay Competition winning essay.

Medical Journal of Australia; 192(10): 556-557

Haswell MR, Kavanagh D, Tsey K, Reilly L, Cadet-James Y, Laliberte A, Wilson A, Doran C (2010)

Psychometric validation of the Growth and Empowerment Measure (GEM) applied with Indigenous Australians.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry; 44(9): 791-799

Higgins DJ (2010)

Community development approaches to safety and wellbeing of Indigenous children.

Canberra: Closing the Gap Clearinghouse

This resource sheet provides an overview of community development approaches to safety and wellbeing of Indigenous children. Included is information on what is currently known about these approaces and what information needs to be developed in this area. This resource sheet was produced as part of a series by the Closing the gap clearinghouse to disseminate information which could be used to help develop solutions to 'close the gap'.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Hilton MF, Scheurer RW, Sheridan J, Cleary CM, Whiteford HA (2010)

Employee psychological distress and treated prevalence by indices of rurality.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health; 34(5): 458–465

Hocking S, Draper G, Somerford P, XiaoJ, Weeramanthri T (2010)

The Western Australian Chief Health Officer's report 2010.

Perth, WA: Western Australian Department of Health

Hulse K, Jacobs K, Arthurson K, Spinney A (2010)

Housing, public policy and social inclusion.

Melbourne: Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute

Janca A (2010)

Development and evaluation of an Aboriginal mental health screening instrument.

European Psychiatry; 25(Supplement 1 (P01-329)): 542

This article describes the development of an Aboriginal mental health screening instrument. The research objectives, methods of development, and results are discussed. The research results include the production of a culturally appropriate instrument for screening and assessing mental health problems in the Aboriginal population.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Laing L, Toivonen C, Irwin J, Napier L (2010)

“They never asked me anything about that”: the stories of women who experience domestic violence and mental health concerns/illness.

Sydney: University of Sydney

Lewis MS, Dingwall KM, Berkhout N, Sayers S, Maruff P, Cairney S (2010)

Assessment of cognition in an adolescent Indigenous population.

Australian Psychologist; 45(2): 123-131

Littlefield L (2010)

Australia's First People - their social and emotional well-being.

UN Chronicle: Achieving Global Health; 47(2): 1-3

McCalman J, Tsey K, Wenitong M, Wilson A, McEwan A, James YC, Whiteside M (2010)

Indigenous men's support groups and social and emotional wellbeing: a meta-synthesis of the evidence.

Australian Journal of Primary Health; 16(2): 159-166

McEwan A, Bowers J, Saal T (2010)

A human rights based approach to mental health promotion in the context of climate change in rural and remote Australia.

Brisbane: Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health

Mental Health Standing Committee (2010)

Fourth national mental health plan: first progress report of implementation activity: January-December 2010.

Canberra: Australian Department of Health and Ageing

Moore T, Sutton K, Maybery D (2010)

Rural mental health workforce difficulties: a management perspective.

Rural and Remote Health; (10): 1519

Retrieved from http://www.rrh.org.au/publishedarticles/article_print_1519.pdf

Nagel T, Griffin C (2010)

Promoting self-management in Indigenous people with mental illness and substance misuse.

International Journal of Psychosocial Rehabilitation; 15(2): 85 - 90

Nagel TM, Thompson C (2010)

The central role of Aboriginal families in motivational counselling: family support and family ‘humbug'.

Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin; 10(1):

O'Mara P (2010)

Health impacts of the Northern Territory intervention: after the intervention — editorial.

Medical Journal of Australia; 192(10): 546-548

Overmars D (2010)

Diagnosis as a naming ceremony: caution warranted in use of the DSM-IV with Canadian Aboriginal peoples.

First Peoples Child & Family Review; 5(1): 78-85

Parker R (2010)

Australia's Aboriginal population and mental health.

Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease; 198(1): 3-7

Phipps P, Slater L (2010)

Indigenous cultural festivals: evaluating impact on community health and wellbeing.

Melbourne: Globalism Research Centre, RMIT University

Primary Health Care Research and Information Service (2010)

Snapshot of Australian primary health care research 2010.

Canberra: Primary Health Care Research and Information Service

Productivity Commission (2010)

Gambling: Productivity Commission inquiry report.

Canberra: Productivity Commission, Australia

Roy M, Balaratnasingam S (2010)

Missed diagnosis of autism in an Australian Indigenous psychiatric population.

Australasian Psychiatry; 18(6): 534–537

Sevar K (2010)

Working with remote Indigenous communities in Far North Queensland: an experiential narrative.

Australasian Psychiatry; 18(4): 340-352

Thackrah R, Scott K, Winch J, eds. (2010)

Indigenous Australian health and cultures : an introduction for health professionals.

Frenchs Forest, N.S.W.: Pearson Australia

This edited volume has been written by a diverse group of health professionals, the majority of whom are Indigenous Australians. A life cycle approach has been adopted, with chapters focusing on pregnancy and birthing through to the care and responsibilities of the elderly. These are bookended by the first chapter on 'Culture, history and health' which contextualises the subsequent content and the final chapter on future directions following the National apology.

The book includes the following chapters:

  • 'Culture, history and health' by Sherry Saggers, Maggie Walter, Dennis Gray
  • 'New life: conception, pregnancy and birthing' by Terry Dunbar and Linda Ford
  • 'Aboriginal infants and young children: the challenges ahead' by Heather D'Antoine and Dawn Bessarab
  • 'Aboriginal youth: challenges, strengths and opportunities' by David Vicary and Tine Hoult
  • 'The health, social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal women' by Pat Dudgeon and Roz Walker
  • 'Lives of Indigenous Australian men' by Mick Adams and Brian McCoy
  • 'The elderly: care and responsibilities' by Sandra Thompson, Rosemary van den Berg and Kate Smith
  • 'Loss, grief, bad luck and sorry business' by Jane Ulrik, Denise Foster and Vanessa Davis
  • 'The National apology: a new pathway forward?' By Shaun Ewen and Brian McCoy

Pearson Australia abstract

Thomson N, MacRae A, Burns J, Catto M, Debuyst O, Krom I, Midford R, Potter C, Ride K, Stumpers S, Urquhart B (2010)

Summary of Australian Indigenous health, 2010.

Perth, WA: Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

Toombs M (2010)

Recommendations from research into what Aboriginal students say affects their social and emotional wellbeing while at university.

Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal; 34(6): 22-24

Townsend M, Weerasuriya R (2010)

Beyond blue to green: the benefits of contact with nature for mental health and well-being.

Melbourne: Beyond Blue Limited

Vadiveloo J (2010)

Social inclusion and town camps : an integrated service approach to social inclusion.

Alice Springs: Tangentyere Council

Wand APF, Eades SJ, Corr MJ (2010)

Considering culture in the psychiatric assessment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Advances in Mental Health; 9(1): 36-48

2009

Australian Bureau of Statistics (2009)

National Health Survey: summary of results, 2007-2008 (reissue).

Canberra: Australian Bureau of Statistics

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet (2009)

Summary of Australian Indigenous health, 2009.

Perth, WA: Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

Australian Indigenous Psychologists Association (2009)

Submission to the External Reference Group of the ‘Towards a National Primary Health Care Strategy' discussion paper.

Melbourne: Australian Indigenous Psychologists Association

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2009)

Measuring the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This report provides a picture of the social and emotional wellbeing of Indigenous Australians, using data from the 2004-05 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey (NATSIHS) and a range of administrative datasets. An interim module, developed to measure social and emotional wellbeing in the 2004-05 NATSIHS, covered the areas of psychological distress, impact of psychological distress, positive wellbeing, anger, life stressors, discrimination, cultural identification and removal from natural family. This reports assesses the use of the NATSIHS module and makes recommendations to improve the module and other measures of Indigenous social and emotional wellbeing.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Berry HL (2009)

Social capital and mental health among Aboriginal Australians, new Australians and other Australians living in a coastal region.

Australian e-Journal for the Advancement of Mental Health; 8(2):

Berry HL (2009)

Social capital and mental health among Indigenous Australians, New Australians and Other Australians living in a coastal region.

Australian e-Journal for the Advancement of Mental Health; 8(2): 142-154

Calma T (2009)

A human rights based approach to social and emotional wellbeing.

Australasian Psychiatry; 17(S1): S15 - S19

Centre for Rural & Remote Mental Health Queensland (2009)

Key directions for a social, emotional, cultural and spiritual wellbeing population health framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians in Queensland.

Cairns, Qld: Centre for Rural & Remote Mental Health Queensland

This report aims to inform policy, program development and practice regarding key directions for the development of a social, emotional, cultural and spiritual wellbeing framework relevant to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians in Queensland. The report provides a rationale for focusing on social, emotional, cultural and spiritual wellbeing (SESWB) as a way to promote Indigenous health and wellbeing and reduce Indigenous disadvantage.

Three key directions for future investment are described: build evidence, enhance capacity and develop workforce. The report sets out a rationale, examples of current initiatives, and recommended actions for each key direction.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Cox L (2009)

Queensland Aborigines, multiple realities and the social sources of suffering: psychiatry and moral regions of being: part 1.

Oceania; 79(2): 97-120

Yia Marra: good stories that make spirits strong, from the people of Ntaria/Hermannsburg [CD included with publication] (2009)

Denborough D, Wingard B, White C

This resource pack includes a publication and CD which are the product of a research project that involved Aboriginal communities sharing their stories about how they have dealt with community hardships. The publication is made up of two parts:

  • part one includes stories from the Ntaria/Hermannsburg community about how they have dealt with community hardships such as grief and alcohol
  • part two explains the principles that guided the research project and also discusses the concept of collective narrative practice (a way of working with individuals, groups, and communities who have experienced trauma).

The CD includes stories and songs from the Ntaria/Hermannsburg community, and messages from other countries such as Chile and Norway.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Dillon A (2009)

Post Traumatic Stress Strength.

Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal; 33(1): 22-25

Dudgeon P (2009)

Close the Gap: psychology.

Medical Journal of Australia; 190(10): 546

Duke M, Ewen S (2009)

Implementation of Indigenous mental health training in Victoria.

Australasian Psychiatry; 17(3): 228-232

Duke M, Ewen S (2009)

Social and emotional wellbeing training of psychiatrists in Victoria: preliminary communication.

Australasian Psychiatry; 17(S1): S100 - S103

Dyer G, Hunter E (2009)

Creative Recovery: art for mental health's sake.

Australasian Psychiatry; 17(S1): S146 - S150

Feeney M (2009)

Reclaiming the Spirit of Well Being: promising healing practices for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Canberra: The Australian Child & Adolescent Trauma, Loss & Grief Network

Fredericks B (2009)

There is nothing that identifies me to that place': Indigenous women's perceptions of health spaces and places.

Cultural Studies Review; 15(2): 29-44

Grieves V (2009)

Aboriginal spirituality: Aboriginal philosophy, the basis of Aboriginal social and emotional wellbeing.

Darwin: Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal Health

Hart LM, Jorm AF, Kanowski LG, Kelly CM, Langlands RL (2009)

Mental health first aid for Indigenous Australians: using Delphi consensus studies to develop guidelines for culturally appropriate responses to mental health problems.

BMC Psychiatry; 9(1): 47

Retrieved from http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-244X/9/47

Hartman D, Wallis G, Drahm M, Unwin R, Robinson D (2009)

The Napranum social and emotional wellbeing week.

Australasian Psychiatry; 17(S1): S88 - S91

Haswell M, Hunter E, Wargent R, Hall B, O'Higgins C, West R (2009)

Protocols for the delivery of social and emotional well being and mental health services in Indigenous communities: guidelines for health workers, clinicians, consumers and carers.

Cairns, QLD: Australian Integrated Mental Health Initiative, Queensland Health

This manual was written to provide health professionals with a set of rules for the delivery of mental health services in Indigenous communities in Queensland. The information comes from evidence-based research and addresses the lack of resources available to health professionals on best practice standards for providing mental health care to Indigenous clients.

The manual consists of two parts:

  • Part 1 focuses on understanding and supporting social and emotional wellbeing and mental health with Indigenous peoples, covering topics such as:
    • an overview on mental health
    • culturally appropriate mental health assessment and treatment for Indigenous people
    • new approaches to service delivery
    • practitioner tools and mental health care
  • Part 2 provides guidelines for supporting people with the following mental illnesses:
    • depression
    • anxiety disorders
    • self-harming behaviours
    • schizophrenia and bipolar disorders.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Hunter E (2009)

Creating futures supplement editorial.

Australasian Psychiatry; 17(s1): S6-S9

Kasinathan J (2009)

“Mad, bad or sad” – is there a better way?.

Australasian Journal of Correctional Staff Development; 1(March 2009):

Kelly K, Dudgeon P, Gee G, Glaskin B (2009)

Living on the edge: social and emotional wellbeing and risk and protective factors for serious psychological distress among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Darwin: Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal Health

Kingsley J, Aldous D, Townsend M, Henderson-Wilson C, Phillips R (2009)

Investigating health, economic and socio-political factors that need consideration when establishing Victorian Aboriginal land management projects.

Australasian Journal of Environmental Management; 16(2): 113-123

Krieg A (2009)

The experience of collective trauma in Australian Indigenous communities.

Australasian Psychiatry; 17(S1): S28-S32

Mackean T (2009)

A healed and healthy country: understanding healing for Indigenous Australians (editorial).

Medical Journal of Australia; 190(10): 522-523

McCoy B (2009)

'Living between two worlds': who is living in whose worlds?.

Australasian Psychiatry; 17(s1): S20-S23

McLennan V (2009)

The role of family and community resilience in Indigenous wellbeing.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) thesis, University of Sydney: Sydney

Moylan CA (2009)

Treating depression: towards an Indigenous psychotherapy.

Doctor of Philosophy thesis, James Cook University: Brisbane

Nagel TM, Thompson C, Robinson G, Condon J, Trauer T (2009)

Two-way approaches to Indigenous mental health literacy.

Australian Journal of Primary Health; 15(1): 50-55

O'Loughlin M (2009)

A psychoanalytic exploration of collective trauma among Indigenous Australians and a suggestion for intervention.

Australasian Psychiatry; 17(S1): S33-S36

Paradies Y, Chandrakumar L, Klocker N, Frere M, Webster K, Burrell M, McLean P (2009)

Building on our strengths: a framework to reduce race-based discrimination and support diversity in Victoria.

Melbourne: Victorian Health Promotion Foundation

Pere L (2009)

Creating better futures: when the theory fails and the future is no more.

Australasian Psychiatry; 17(s1): S10-S14

Poroch N, Arabena K, Tongs J, Larkin S, Fisher J, Henderson G (2009)

Spirituality and Aboriginal people's social and emotional wellbeing: a review.

Darwin: Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal Health

Pridmore S (2009)

Australian Aboriginal stories and psychopathology.

Asian Journal of Psychiatry; 2(4): 139-142

Ranzijn R, McConnochie K, Nolan W (2009)

Psychology and Indigenous Australians: foundations of cultural competence.

South Yarra, Vic: Palgrave Macmillan

This book provides information on the psychological impact of colonisation on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. It begins by looking at the nature of culture, how colonisation has affected Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and the role of psychology. It finishes by describing how practitioners can work effectively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Abstract adapted from Psychology and Indigenous Australians

Talbot D (2009)

“The Sergeant wants to acupuncture me”: a personal lens into the introduction of a traditional Eastern therapy to Indigenous Australians.

Australasian Psychiatry; 17(S1): S92 - S95

Tsey K, Harvey D, Gibson T, Pearson L (2009)

The role of empowerment in setting a foundation for social and emotional wellbeing.

Australian e-Journal for the Advancement of Mental Health; 8(1): 6-15

Wand AP, Corr MJ, Eades SJ (2009)

Liaison psychiatry with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry; 43(6): 509-517

2008

Australian Bureau of Statistics (2008)

National survey of mental health and wellbeing: summary of results, 2007.

Canberra: Australian Bureau of Statistics

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2008)

Australia's health 2008: the eleventh biennial health report of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australia's health 2008 was released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare as the eleventh edition of its biennial national health report. The report shows that Australia is one of the healthiest nations in the world, with most Australians generally have good health and access to a range of good health care services, but Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples continue to have much poorer health than the general population.

Section 3.2 of the report compiles health information on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Information about the demographic profile, health status, disability rates, and service use is provided. The section highlights that despite improvements in Indigenous death rates, the overall gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous rates appears to be widening with Indigenous Australians continuing to die at much younger ages. Indigenous Australians also continue to have a greater disease burden, higher rates of disability and a lower quality of life than other Australians. The section concludes with information on behaviours and health risk factors that shape the health status of Indigenous peoples such as tobacco use, alcohol misuse, illicit drug use, and housing conditions.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Australian Network for Promotion Prevention and Early Intervention for Mental Health (Auseinet) (2008)

Mental health promotion and illness prevention: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Retrieved from http://www.auseinet.com/files/ppei/atsippei.pdf

Australian Network for Promotion Prevention and Early Intervention for Mental Health (Auseinet) (2008)

Mental health promotion and illness prevention: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people [summary].

Auseinetter; (30): 22-25

Bodkin-Andrews G (2008)

Seeking resolutions for the inequities within Indigenous education : unearthing causal psychosocial constructs that impact upon educational outcomes.

Doctor of Philosophy thesis, University of Western Sydney: Penrith, NSW

Garvey D (2008)

Review of the social and emotional wellbeing of Indigenous Australian peoples.

Retrieved 2008 from http://www.healthinfonet.ecu.edu.au/other-health-conditions/mental-health/reviews/our-review

Garvey D (2008)

Review of the social and emotional wellbeing of Indigenous Australian peoples - considerations, challenges and opportunities.

Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin; 8(4): 1-29

Darren Garvey is an Indigenous professional with experience as a recipient and provider of services aimed at addressing the social and emotional wellbeing (SEWB) needs of Indigenous people, and as an academic involved in the training of Indigenous and non-Indigenous professionals in providing such services. Darren's perspective as 'insider' and 'outsider', and his professional interest in the development of a culturally competent workforce contributes to the narrative pursued in the review, and to the interplay of academic, policy and practical concerns.

The review describes aspects of the social and emotional wellbeing of Indigenous Australian people and elements of the Australian contexts in which they live. Major signposts, research findings and interventions concerning Indigenous Australians are highlighted in this review, and a number of general and significant trends are identified. The review attempts to distill several considerations, challenges and opportunities for people involved in the area and for those considering more substantial involvement.

The review begins by discussing the terminology used in the context of Indigenous social and emotional wellbeing (SEWB). Challenges regarding appropriate service provision, policy, intervention and research priorities are discussed, as well as the means by which practical and conceptual dilemmas regarding these challenges might be resolved.

What emerges is a picture of Indigenous social and emotional wellbeing which is bleak in its account of the mental health problems prevalent among Indigenous people, but also encouraging in the resilience shown by Indigenous people in the face of such adversity. Encouraging too are the efforts made by health service and other professionals to be more conscious of their roles in promoting good SEWB for Indigenous people and the exploration of the varied sites and opportunities in which such work can take place.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Hunter E (2008)

The Aboriginal tea ceremony: its relevance to psychiatric practice.

Australasian Psychiatry; 16(2): 130-132

Jorm A, Hart L (2008)

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Mental Health First Aid (AMHFA) National Pilot Program : 2008 evaluation report for the Department of Health and Ageing, Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health.

Melbourne: ORYGEN Research Centre, University of Melbourne

Kanowski L (2008)

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health First Aid (AMHFA) program.

Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal; 32(2): 18-19

McGrath P, Fox-Young S, Phillips E (2008)

Insights on Aboriginal grief practices from the Northern Territory, Australia.

Australian Journal of Primary Health; 14(3): 48-57

Nagel T, Thompson C (2008)

Motivational care planning: self management in Indigenous mental health.

Australian Family Physician; 37(12): 996-1001

Zoeller R (2008)

Closing the Gap - the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal; 32(2): 4-5

 
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